I’ve done a bit more writing for another site that’s related to obstacle course racing. Well, not directly related. Sort of extremely vaguely related, in that people who like to do OCR might have some interests that sort of align with the topic of this post.
Would you like me to get to the point?
The post, “Adventuring for Science,” is live on Sportody, which I have written for before. The post is about citizen science, which (curiously enough) is also the subject of the book I wrote. (Rated 5 stars on Amazon!) Citizen science, broadly, is any science conducted in part or completely by nonprofessional scientists. Most (though not all) modern citizen science is organized by professional scientists into specific projects that welcome interested amateurs to contribute to data collection. (Or, in some cases, data analysis, although that’s less outdoor-related and more sit-at-a-computer-related and therefore of less interest to the post.)
There are a lot of projects related to ecology or environmental monitoring—studying populations of various animals (or sometimes plants or fungi or other organisms) that is easier to do with a lot of sets of eyes and can be accomplished without doctoral-level knowledge.
There are a huge number of projects out there, so if there’s something that’s interesting to you, you can probably find someone who’s looking for help studying. But there’s a bit of a subniche that targets extreme athletes: While many projects can be done more-or-less anywhere, there are also projects that are studying things in hard-to-reach areas (mountaintops, underwater, deep woods, etc.) that need volunteers who can also do the mountain-climbing or scuba-diving or long hikes to get there.
If you’re interested, I hope you’ll take a look.